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Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day and Other Occasions
Here’s a fun gift idea for Mother’s Day , or one of the myriad of showers coming up in the next few months. Smilebox.com has cute recipe e-cards that let you combine a favorite recipe with 0-8 photos, depending on which card design you select. Think how delighted your senior mom would be to get one her mom’s old recipes accompanied by photos of her grandchildren. Truly a sweet multi-generational gift. Or what about one of your favorite recipes accompanied by group photos of you and your family and the bride and/or groom as part of a shower gift! Or maybe use baby pictures of the bride and groom? I bet any of these ideas would be a big hit!
Grandparents and Grandkids
“Children really brighten up a household. They never turn the lights off.” Heart of Wisdom
Caregivers Travel Tips
Caregivers always seem to be short on time. So when we reserve a car, we expect that car to be there when we get to the reservations booth. What happens if the car you rented ISN’T there? Whether you rented directly through the company or used a third party, there are some options. Check out what one of my favorite travel experts, Christopher Elliott , has to say. He always has useful tips. Just click here.
Caregiving Tips for Aging Parents
Alzheimer’s Disease / Dementia Tips
Have you ever heard of the Medicare Donut Hole? Me either! But Alzheimer’s Reading Room has a couple of interesting articles on the subject. The $4350 Medicare Donut Hole explains what it is. How We Saved $624.72 on Prescription Drugs explains how to save money in spite of it.
Dementia Caregiving tip –To minimize confusion, adjust lighting to lessen shadows as they can be scary and confusing. Thanks for that info to both @ seniorlivingexp and @ PaulaFarris :
Here are some excellent tips for caregiving for cancer patients .
A City of Strangers and Kindness. This is a sweet and interesting story of a wife and husband and dealing with his Parkinson’s Disease . My mom and I had a few similar situations happen.
Oswaldtwistle high-flyer’s life is changed forever by Parkinson’s disease is another interesting article. This one is about a gentleman with early-onset Parkinson’s Disease .
Speaking of Parkinson’s Disease, here is the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation .
Did you know that people with a family history of melanoma have twice the risk of getting Parkinson’s disease as those who didn’t have a parent and/or sibling with the cancer?
Here are some green and frugal options for funerals, thanks to @ CemeterySpot . Per the Bloomberg news : Cardboard Coffins…Prove Industry is Getting Greener. Also, if you opt for cremation and want to have a viewing before cremation, ask about renting a casket from the funeral home, which can save you quite a bit.
Grants Assist Low Income Seniors . There’s some very useful information in it. Info was originally from Carol Marak.
Here’s another thing to monitor when we are overseeing our aging parents health care. Consumer Reports found that the high cost of prescription drugs leads to risky behaviors! Thank you to @ MrElderCare for that valuable tip.
Amy Gates has an excellent article on the dangerous overuse of antibiotics as well as several tips for healthy ways to deal with colds and flu.
Words of Encouragement for Caregivers
“Be kind and merciful. Let no one ever come to you without coming away better and happier.” Mother Teresa
“He said, I will never leave you, nor forsake you. The Lord is my helper…”
Be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
Those who know Your name will trust in You, for You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek You.